TONYA NESS

31951 Medicine Creek Road, Kennebec, SD 57544

Home 605-869-2340     Cell 605-530-2697

tonya.ness@frontierpartners.net

 

 

Education      

South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education May 1992

 

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Attended through National Student Exchange Program.

Agricultural Education Fall 1990

 

Lyman Schools, Presho, South Dakota

High School Diploma with Honors 1988

Business Ownership

Partner, Frontier Partners, Inc., 31951 Medicine Creek Rd, Kennebec, SD 57544. Network with 3 partners to establish and manage a business services company. Provide bookkeeping, event organization, market research, marketing services, website development, and business start ups. 2003-present

Ranch Partner, Medicine Creek Grazing Association,  31951 Medicine Creek Rd, Kennebec, SD 57544. Established and financed personal cattle herd. Selected, showed, and marketed club calves. Combine and evaluate production and financial records. Care for the cattle and the land. Develop, finance, and implement ranch conservation plan using EPA 319, NRCS EQIP, and USFWS assistance. 1976-present

Outfitter, Medicine Creek Ranch, 32122 Medicine Creek Rd, Kennebec, SD  57544. Developed the wildlife feeding and nesting areas. Remodeled old ranch house into a hunting lodge. Provide full service and self guided hunts for deer, pheasant, grouse, turkey, prairie dog, and coyote. Marketed through trade shows, flyers, magazine ads, and website. Offer rural family vacations. Host trail rides. 1998-present

Owner, Noah’s Ark, 116 S Main St, Kennebec, SD 57544. Bought a building and remodeled it for a day care. Contracted with a provider. Registered as a state group family day care. Marketed through local paper. 1999-present

 

Career Experience 

 

Financial Representative, Modern Woodmen of America, PO Box 9, Kennebec SD 57544. Managed client accounts. Assisted and developed family and business financial plans. Organized and implemented fraternal activities and educational programs.  Coached and motivated team members. Networked with business to provide employee benefit packages including AFLAC and Wellmark. 2006-present

Executive Director, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, Inc., PO Box 314, Kennebec, SD 57544. Managed resources to achieve association policy and strategic plan. Assisted volunteer leadership with their duties. Oversaw all association projects and programs. Organized and implemented all promotional activities and educational programs of SDCA.  Retained and recruited members. Recruited and expanded allied partnerships. Managed financial records and resources and develop budgets.  Represented SDCA at state and national events. Provided leadership necessary for maintaining an effective association.  Coached and motivated staff team. Networked with organizations to obtain common goals. 1995-2003

Executive Secretary, South Dakota Beef Breeds Council, PO Box 314, Kennebec, SD 57544. Networked 13 breed associations into one council. Communicated with volunteers, members and delegates. Arranged meeting

agendas and logistics. Developed membership directory. Designed, organized, and hosted annual All-Breed Tour. 1993-1998

Marketing Specialist, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, 523 East Capital Avenue Pierre, SD 57501. Assisted agricultural commodity groups and livestock and grain producers and businesses with marketing                                     and promotions. Represented SD agriculture at trade shows across North America. Organized and traveled on international marketing missions. Wrote grants. Offered technical assistance on marketing and exporting to business owners to promote economic development. Increased awareness of the marketing program to provide a service to the public. Researched and developed the marketing program to create a historical background of information. 1992-1995

 

Work Experience

Trainer, Leadership PLENTY, SDSU, Rapid City, SD 57701.  Trained local volunteer leaders to serve their local communities. Organize and plan educational sessions. 2007-2009

Substitute Teacher, Lyman Schools, PO Box 1000, Presho, SD 57568. Classroom management to continue education planned by regular teacher. Pitch hit lesson plans in times of unplanned teacher absences. 1995-1996

Charter Ambassador, SDSU College of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, 154 Ag Hall, Brookings, SD 57007. Organized first promotional presentations. Informed high school students in the Midwest of opportunities in higher education and careers in agricultural and biological sciences. Served as a resource person for students. 1990-1992

Beef Production Assistant, SDSU Cow/Calf Teaching & Research Unit, Brookings, SD. Cared for registered cattle. Figured nutritional rations. Assisted with research projects. Care and upkeep of research facilities. 1991-1992

Soccer Referee, City of Brookings, SDSU Winona Hall, Brookings, SD 57007. Refereed children’s soccer games. Trained in soccer regulations. 1990-1992

Ambassador, South Dakota Stockgrowers, 426 St Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701. Represented the South Dakota Stockgrowers, CattleWomen, and Beef Industry at agricultural events across the state. Spoke to organizations. Developed print, radio, and television Public Service Announcements (PSA's) promoting beef. 1991-1992

Dance Superintendent, SDSU Little International, Animal & Range Sciences, Brookings, SD 57007. Planned and hosted Little I dance and after dance functions. Promoted event on and off campus. 1991-1992

Business Information Intern, Pioneer Hi-bred International , Inc., 11153 Aurora Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50322. Set up training labs. Assisted in training producers across the Midwest on production and financial computer software.  Completed training reports. 1991

Student Teaching Intern, Miller High School, Miller, SD 57362.  Prepared and presented agricultural lessons for

high school students. Motivated and coached students in the leadership contests. Organized the District VI FFA Leadership Contest for 11 teams. Coordinated field trips and guest speakers. 1991

Advertising Superintendent, SDSU Little International, Animal & Range Sciences, Brookings, SD 57007. Organized and planned the advertising campaign for the Little I (nation's largest student-run ag exposition)                             catalog. Corresponded with businesses across South Dakota. 1989-1990

Intern, Producers Hybrids, PO Box C, Battle Creek, NE. Experienced the production of seed hands on. Developed a marketing plan and selected marketing products. 1990

Production Assistant, SD Public TV, 4th floor Pugsley Hall, Brookings, SD 57007. Operated studio camera, constructed props, created character generations, and word processed script for Midwest Market Analysis, Garden Line, and On Line. Provided live coverage of the 1989 South Dakota Celebrate a Century Centennial Parade and Ball. 1988-1989

Intern, Radon Screening Service, Highlands Ranch, CO. Informed customers about radon. Screened homes for radon.  Ordered inventory and stocked shelves.  Documented screenings in reports.  1989

Sales Clerk, May D&F, Southwest Plaza, Littleton, CO. Assisted customers in selection of children’s apparel. Maintained and stocked inventory. Attended customer training workshops. 1989

Current Activities

American Quarter Horse Association Life member 1999-present

Medicine Creek Riding Club 2003-present

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association member 1994-present

NCBA Spokesperson 1992-present

National FFA Alumni 1992-present

National Rifle Association 1999-present

Pheasants Forever 2001-present

SD Cattlemen’s Association member 1995-present

SD CattleWomen member 1991-present

SD Farm Bureau member 1999-present

SD Fraternal Insurance Counselor 2006-present

Past Activities

American National CattleWomen Region VII Coordinator 1996

ANCW Region VII Promotion Chair 1994-96

ANCW National Beef Cook-off Greeting Committee 2005

Business and Professional Women 1997-1999

Court Appointed Special Advocate 2005- 2006

Lyman School Board Vice Chairman 2001-2006

Lyman School Board Member 1997-2006

Lyman School Classroom volunteer 2002-2007

Lyman Wrestling Club 2001-2008

Lyman Connection Hostess (local TV program) 1987-88

Lyman County 4-H Awards Night Speaker 1996

Lyman County 4-H Leader 1994-1998

Lyman County 4-H Leader’s Association President 1997-1998

Lyman County 4-H participant 1979-1989 (Officer, Jr. leader, Talks, Beef, Horse, Clothing, Foods, & Judging)

Lyman Middle School Career Speaker and Job Site 1994-1996

Miss SD Stockgrower Contest co-chair 1994-1999

NCBA Advisory Council 1998-99

NCBA Information Committee 1999-2002

Prime CattleWomen President 1996 & Reporter1995           

SD Business Development Speaker 1996

SD CattleWomen Secretary 2000-01

SD CattleWomen Parlimentarian 2005-2006

SD & District IV Leadership Judge 1991-2006

SD Department of Education State Review Team 2004-2005

SD Charolais Juniors Educational Speaker 1995

SD Farmers Union member 1992-2003

SDFU Junior Advisory Council 1988-89

SD Legislative Senate Intern 1988

SD Livestock Foundation 1992-2002

SD Special Olympics volunteer 1999-2007

SD Stockgrowers member 1992-2001

SDSU Ag-Bio Ambassador (Charter) 1991-1992

SDSU Ag- Bio Prexy Council 1990-1992

SDSU Ag Ed Club 1990-92 (President 1990-1991)

SDSU Alpha Tau Alpha President 1991-1992

SDSU Alpha Zeta 1989-1992

SDSU Collegiate FFA 1988-1992 (Treasurer 1990-1991)

SDSU University 4-H 1989-1992

Team Roping/Barrel Racing Announcer 1994-1998

USTRC Team Roping Announcer 1994-1997

Awards

 

2007 Sure Start MWA Award

2003 President’s Business Council

2002 Volunteer Award for South Central Headstart

2000 International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs

1997 Pierre Area Business and Professional Women Young Careerist

1996 Honored Professional of the Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals

1996 SDCW CattleWoman of the Year

1990-1992 SDSU Dean’s List

1991Miss SD Stockgrower

1991Miss SDSU Ag-Bio Queen

1990 American FFA Degree

1988 State Future Farmer of America Degree

1988 Daughters of the American Revolution

1987 3rd State SDFFA Public Speaking

1987 Close Up – Washington DC

1987 Miss SDFFA Sweetheart

Educational Seminars and Special Trainings

Leadership Plenty 2005

Frontline Customer Service 2003

NCBA Spokesperson Training 1992 and 2001

Supervisor Course at Capital University Center 2000

Techniques for Supervision 1996

International Trade Specialist Training at Thunderbird Management Center Glendale, AZ 1994

Quality Education System 1994

Image & Communication Skills 1994

Managing Multiple Priorities 1993

How to Handle Difficult People 1993

Business Grammar & Usage 1993

How to Create Newsletters 1992